Sunday, March 20, 2011

Love Amid The Ashes by Mesu Andrews

An epic story of love and forgiveness, suffering and restoration

When her beloved grandfather Isaac dies, Dinah must follow his final command: travel to Job's household to marry his son. After Job's world comes crashing down, Dinah finds herself drawn to this great man brought low. What will she risk to fight for his survival?

Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of Job and Dinah. Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

I am not a big fan of Biblical fiction, but occasionally a Biblical fiction book will catch my eye, and this one did. I have never read one about Job, and decided to review it, even though this is a new author for me.

The book was worth reading. As with any Biblical fiction book, the author took some literary license and had to fill in the extra things that we don't know. I thought she did an excellent job of that. She put a lot of research into the story of Job, and into what time period his story might have fallen into, and wove a great story around that.

There are some real characters in the book that appear in the Bible. She sets the story during the time of the patriarchs, and explains why at the end of the book, and it makes sense. Esau, Jacob, and Joseph all make an appearance.

The book is fairly fast-moving, and I read through it pretty quickly. It opened up the story of Job in a new way, and helped me to get a better idea of what he must have gone through. The author did a great job of showing the despair he must have gone through as it seemed that God had deserted him

I enjoyed the style of writing, and the plot that the author wove around the true Biblical account. This is a Biblical fiction novel worth reading.

About the author:

Mesu Andrews is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her readers in this debut novel. She lives in Washington.

Love Amid the Ashes is available from Revell, an imprint of Baker Book House.

Thanks to Donna at Revell for the review copy.